Conn Hallinan returns to the show to discuss his latest article for FPIF.org “Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff,” which details the United States’ role in escalating the India-Pakistan nuclear face off. Hallinan describes the race for resource control in Asia, particularly over the oil supply, and the Chinese expansion throughout southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Hallinan believes the possibility of escalation to nuclear weapons is very real in India and Pakistan. Hallinan then explains the background of the conflict in southeast Asia and addresses Rex Tillerson’s latest comments on North Korea.
Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus. Hallinan is a recipient of a Project Censored “Real News Award” and formerly headed the University of Santa Cruz’s journalism program.
Discussed on the show:
- Strait of Malacca
- One Belt One Road Initiative
- “U.S. urges allies to think twice before joining China-led bank” (Reuters)
- Opium Wars
- Kashmir conflict
- Kargil War
- “Local Nuclear War, Global Suffering” (Scientific American)
- “Text of 1949 UN Resolution Calling for Referendum on Kashmir” (ThoughtCo)
- “China says it hasn’t dropped its plan for Korean de-escalation, despite Trump” (Washington Post)
- “Tillerson says US won’t set preconditions for North Korea talks” (CNN)
- 123 Agreement
- Narendra Modi
- “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India” (The Guardian)
- Gujarat Pogrom
- Cold Start
- “A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions without Cutting Ties,” by Lisa Curtis (Hudson Institute)
- Durand Line
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